“Are you in some kinda trouble, Bruiser?”
I looked into his mesmerizing golden-mahogany eyes and wondered if I should say anything more but I didn’t want to get myself caught in a web of lies too big to handle.
“No,” I said. “I just like the idea of you looking out for me.”
His wily grin spread slowly across his face and he took my hand again, pulling me into the alcove of the lecture room door and propping his free hand on the wall over my head.
Staring into his chest was too familiar a position for me, and I wanted to slip out of the Jasper-shaped enclosure, but the warmth I felt filling my own chest had me fixed in place. I breathed in the deep, oaky smell of coffee that mixed unusually well with the sharp, citrusy cologne and found my eyes trailing up to his. “Jasper,” I whispered slowly, forcing the statement out, “I need to go.”
Too quickly he unlaced his fingers from mine, dropping his hand to his side so I was now open to the hall, and free to slip away. “Then go,” he said, like he was challenging me.
I shut my eyes and ran my fingers through my hair. “This is crazy,” I said. “I can’t get involved with you.”
He pushed himself off the wall and stood up tall in front of me. “Then don’t.” Again, he sounded like he was challenging me.
I simply said, “Okay,” but still, I was glued to my spot.
“You’re not moving,” he said.
When I didn’t respond to that, he lifted his right hand to brush his fingertips against my hip, sending a shiver all up and down my body as he did. He pressed his thumb into my skin, then did the same with his fingers so that he was grasping my hip firmly in his hand. My heartbeat sped up; my skin tingled. I was definitely frozen in place now.
He leaned down to my ear and whispered, “If you don’t leave, I’m gonna take it as a sign that you don’t want to.” He moved even closer so his lips touched my ear, and said, “And I can’t stand here much longer without kissing you.” He moved his head back to look at me and said, “So, make your choice.”
I couldn’t unlock my eyes from his. I couldn’t speak. It was comical to think I even had a choice at this point.
He waited another moment, then went straight for my lips.
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